“Take Back the Night” is an event held on many college campuses to bring awareness to sexual assault and domestic abuse. Many on-campus organizations participated in this years demonstration on LBSU campus.
In the spirit of domestic violence awareness month, symposium “Behind the Screens: Domestic Violence and Technology” was held at the Anatol Center Wednesday and dissected the concept of “power and control.” The strategy combats the typical “perpetrator-survivor” analysis, in which the perpetrator and survivor are identified in a gender-based violence, but the influence of society on violence isn't discussed. According to WGEC student assistant Emily Cota, 133 attendees flowed in and out of the Anatol Center. A 10-minute survivor testimonial audio recording was played by Ebony Utley, event organizer and associate director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The testimonial depicted an example of a “cyberstalking” situation between high school individuals. A 45-minute panel discussion about the emotional and mental implications of an individual’s web reputation followed the testimonial featuring panelists Imelda Buncab, Kristelyn Berry, Addison Rose Vincent and Alyce Laviolette. The initial survivor testimonial alluded to the topic of “call-out culture,” an act that exposes confidential information about an individual by tagging them on social media without their consent. “Technology is being used to confuse and make people look crazy,” said Addison Rose Vincent, risk reduction counselor at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. For LGBTQ individuals, the “call-out
As modern day smart devices are connected to the GPS tracking system for our daily convenience, privacy diminishes and the chance of domestic abuse occurring increases, according to a Social Science Plus Pilot research. To discuss how to counter these issues and more, the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host "Behind the Scenes: A Symposium on Domestic Violence and Technology” in the Anatol Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. According to the symposium’s website, the event will be dedicated to discussing the interpersonal and legal consequences of technology and domestic violence through survivors’ testimonies and expert panels. They will also brainstorm solutions on the problematic influence technology could have on domestic violence. Ebony Utley, professor of communication studies and associate director of Long Beach State’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, stated the growing connection between domestic violence and technology is a problem the law has a hard time keeping up with. She said it is crucial to raise awareness for prevention and intervention purposes. In research conducted by NPR, out of 72 surveyed domestic violence shelters in the U.S. dealing with cyberstalking, 85 percent of the victims were tracked by their abusers with the use of GPS
Domestic violence - Officers received a call requesting assistance in regard to a situation involving domestic violence, which initially occurred in parking structure one at 6:19 a.m. April 12. Both the victim and suspect had left the scene before officers arrived, but were subsequently located on 3722 Lomina Ave. The University Police Department is still investigating the details of the incident. University Police responded to a domestic violence case between a male and female near the Nursing Building at 8:14 a.m. April 9. According to Lt. Richard Goodwin of the UPD, the male suspect who was involved in the report had fled the scene before officers arrived, but was later apprehended at the LA Fitness on Bellflower Boulevard. Upon finding the suspect, campus authorities arrested him and took him into custody; the matter will continue to be investigated in order to deduce any remaining pertinent details for the case. Grand Theft - A party reported a theft that took place in the Engineering Computer Science Building at 1:07 p.m. April 11. According to Goodwin, the thief took research equipment valued at $30,000. The individual calling in the theft was unable to provide officers with a time frame for
Common procedure for handling a physically abusive relationship is to call the authorities and get away from the abuser as quickly as possible — Mimi Kim said she believes there’s another way. With a renewal of a two-year grant from the Blue Shield Foundation of California, Kim, assistant professor for Cal State Long Beach’s School for Social Work, has been working on a separate approach to handling abuse in her Creative Interventions program, and now her latest in Strengthening Social Network Responses to Domestic Violence. The domestic violence pilot launched in 2015 and is an extension of Kim’s project, Creative Interventions. It ran from 2004 to 2010 as an effort to provide more options to victims of domestic violence. Kim calls her method, “restorative justice,” which places an emphasis on teaching communities how to prevent and intervene in instances of domestic violence. Kim developed these methods in her time with CI and is now working with local organizations such as California Conference for Equality and Justice and Khmer Girls in Action in order to change how domestic violence is handled. “Restorative justice” facilitates conversations between survivors, loved ones and abusers to work toward a solution. “We don’t just leave [survivors]
A decision made Oct. 20 by the district attorney not to charge a Long Beach councilmember for driving under the influence on June has raised questions and concern within the community, including a recall effort. Last week the Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, decided not to charge District 2 Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce in a domestic violence allegation or a driving under the influence investigation in a public integrity case. Many Long Beach residents have called for her resignation as they believe the councilmember has exhibited “unethical” behavior, and has not been transparent about what happened that night. A committee supporting the recall was created shortly after information on that night was made public. “While Pearce has escaped charges stemming from her behavior during the hours after midnight on June 3, 2017, we now know more than enough to justify a collective call by the civic leaders of Long Beach for Pearce’s resignation,” said Ian Patton, a consultant for the committee to recall Jeannine Pearce. “We're in a fundraising mode right now, we need approximately 6,500 signatures on the recall petition. Our group feels there's enough evidence at this point for people to call on her to resign, there's nothing
Womenshelter of Long Beach held its 11th annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month event on Saturday to engage with the community over the importance of healthy relationships. The event took place in the parking lot of the Teachers Association of Long Beach on Atlantic Avenue. It began with speeches by Supervisor Janice Hahn and Councilmember Al Austin, followed by an open discussion among information booths. Participants could go to a booth with any questions and learn about different organizations associated with helping people get out of domestic violent relationships. According to Eydie Pasicel, director of youth services and education at the Womenshelter of Long Beach, people ages 16 to 24 are mostly at risk of experiencing domestic violence. In response, Pasicel has been able to attend high schools, middle schools and colleges to give segments on signs to look out for in relationships and how to handle situations that could lead to abusive behavior “For some of them it’s their first time dating. They’re not aware of the early signs,” said Tatiana Dorman, associate director at the Womenshelter of Long Beach. Exhibiting manipulative behavior such as controlling who their partner can hang out with, or obsessive calls and text messages are
Auto burglaries - The first of four auto burglaries last week occurred at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2. A student reported their car battery stolen from Parking Structure 3. The vehicle is described to the University Police Department as being a 1993 Honda. A second call for UPD regarding a student’s car battery having been stolen occurred at 6 p.m. on Oct. 2. The vehicle is a 1997 Acura and parked inside Parking Structure 3. A 1996 Honda Civic was the third car to be burglarized at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2. The owner’s car battery and purse were reported stolen. The vehicle was parked inside Parking Structure 3 when the theft occurred. UPD responded to the fourth and final call of auto burglaries on Oct. 2 at 8:15 p.m. when an unoccupied vehicle car battery had been stolen. The car is a 2000 Honda Civic and the burglary occurred in Parking Structure 3. Petty theft - A student reported their silver iPhone 5S stolen at 2 p.m. on Oct. 3 when retrieving a document from the library’s lab printer. The student had left computer station five for one minute and when they returned the iPhone was gone. Domestic violence